My Manga Shelf Presents: Zom 100 Volume 1 | The Mary Sue (2022)

My Manga Shelf Presents: Zom 100 Volume 1 | The Mary Sue (1)

Sometimes, I’m in the mood for the kind of zombie story that makes you reallyfeel for the characters, making you sympathize with their struggles as you host continuous prayer circles in the hopes that they survive. Surprisingly Zom 100; Bucket List of the Deadis that kind of story … just not in the way I was expecting.

You can pinpoint, almost immediately, that this is gonna be a comedic take on the undead. The humor is there, and you care for the main character, but not because he’s trying his best to protect his family or is two seconds away from being chomped on, but because he DOESN’T care, not in the way a dude in the middle of the zombie apocalypse typically does.

So what isZom 100about? What is theBucket List? And why is this guy smiling about the city being on fire?

Synopsis ofZom 100 Bucket List of the Dead

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One day, on his way to work, Akira Tendo notices a zombie casually nomming on a victim in his landlord’s office. Oops. Akira bolts back to his apartment, stressed about the zombie apocalypse putting a damper on his commute to work, until he realizes, hey, he doesn’t HAVE to go to work anymore! The zombie apocalypse has become the perfect opportunity for Akira to do everything he’s put on hold thanks to his soul-sucking job. He’s got himself a bucket list, a cold beer, and a potential lady crush who raises her eyebrow him and asks, “WTF are you DOING we’re in the middle of the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!”

That’s great and all, but right now, as the world falls into complete chaos, Akira’s got his whole life ahead of him.

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Review

Let me just say that it’s wild to read a manga that’s about embracing the bright spots in the middle of a disaster considering the state we’ve been in since last year. Civilization as Akira knows it is falling apart, but he’s biking through it all with a smile on his face because this is the first time he’s truly able to breathe. The commentary about that combined with how the manga opens (showing how Akira’s job unapologetically stole three years of his life) is not at all what I was expecting when I started this, but here we are.

The fact that it takes a whole ass zombie infestation for this man to get a day off is frustratingly relatable, ESPECIALLY considering last year. I will never forget the absolute panic I felt about job security when the pandemic hit. Much like Akira running for his life, one of my biggest concerns was, “Shit, what about work?”

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Of course, in Akira’s case, he was overworked before the z-words showed up, but the sentiment was still felt, especially since he was so optimistic about his job. Three years of stress, represented by bags under his eyes and an absolutely trashed apartment? I think many (and I mean MANY) of us can relate to getting a gig you’re excited about, only to have it be so demanding that it feels abusive. But by the time you fully realize that’s what’s happening you feel like you can’t leave. Finding a new job can be hard, it might not pay as well, or (and this is the real kicker that I feel we don’t talk about enough) you’ll let your team down if you leave. There is definitely this thing that happens in some workspaces where you’re encouraged to stay the course because we need youandwe’re familyand you’re gaslit into thinking that if you put your self-care first, you’ll sink the entire ship.

After all, on Akira’s first day, his coworkers take him out drinking to make him feel welcome.

So yeah, it takes zombies eating the neighbors for Akira to catch a break, and even if the world is being devoured, you’re like, “Yeah man, go ahead and clean your apartment, vacuum away the stress!”

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The other thing I really enjoy about this story is Akira’s bucket list. He’s got 100 things he wants to do and some of them are just so… simple, which kinda speaks to the normal tragedy of being worked so hard that you don’t get a chance to have a day where you sit back and binge-watch your favorite shows. Those days off are crucial, yet Akira only had time to eat and sleep. The work grind destroyed him so much, so really, what the hell is a zombie gonna do to him?

There are also goals like telling off his boss, confessing to his crush, and saying all the things he’s been hesitant about saying to friends and family. This becomes a running theme throughout the story where Akira makes sure he says how he’s feeling instead of holding back, even if his confessions have the worst timing to everyone else around him.

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Akira’s the only one who sees these circumstances as an opportunity to improve his life.

This isn’t the first time a zombie story has had a protagonist who’s kindamehabout having to outrun an oncoming hoard of the undead, but I personally haven’t seen a story where that protagonist decides to actively go out and do all the things he’s been missing out on because WORK was worse than this. Akira’s not looking for a solution to the outbreak, nor is he all that worried about it. He does run into characters who are, but I get the feeling that those characters are gonna end up learning from his bucket list instead of him suddenly going to a Resident Evilstyle lab to create a cure.

One thing I’ll mention is that the manga does have its fair share of fanservice. There are some naked zombie boobs every now and then, and the main female protagonist we meet (Shizuka Mikazuki) has some definite moments where the panels emphasize her body as she’s minding her business in this here zombie-filled market. However, she also serves as a character who starts to get Akira to put things into perspective. Before meeting her, he didn’t have any sort of plan, the bucket list comes after she tells him to really analyze the situation he’s in and the risk factor of it all.

I’m hopeful that she’ll be more than Akira’s dream woman (especially since there’s a chapter dedicated to her daily routine). Even if I feel like the manga is definitely gonna have folks get on board with this bucket list thing, characters like Shizuka have the opportunity to, at least, help Akira decide what he REALLY wants out of all of this while figuring out what they themselves want, too.

It’s great to go after the things you want, but first, you gotta really sit down and figure out what those things are.

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All and all, the zombies are a hilarious set piece in a story that’s about looking at your life as a whole and figuring out how to live it in the best way.

I recommend giving this manga a shot. The first volume is available from Viz, and there’s even a preview up on their site so you can check out.

(Image: Haro ASO, Kotaro TAKATA/SHOGAKUKAN)

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FAQs

Is Zom 100 completed? ›

Shogakukan has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on March 19, 2019. As of June 17, 2022, eleven volumes have been released.

Is Zom 100 good? ›

Overall, ZOM 100 is funny, and filled with moments that readers can see themselves in – even with the fanservice. Additionally, the art is fun, gorey, and somehow lighthearted. But truly, my favorite thing about this manga is that Akira isn't your traditional hapless male protagonist living out his fantasy.

How long is Zom 100? ›

160 pages

Is zom100 ongoing? ›

Originally released in 2018, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is an ongoing manga series written by Haro Aso and illustrated by Kotaro Takata.

What happen to Zom 100? ›

Wikipedia reported that Zom 100: Bucket List Of The Dead is set to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2023. Although nothing has been confirmed, a 2023 release seems very probable. So, for now, you can expect the film to come out in 2023.

What is Zoom zombie? ›

A zombie meeting, sometimes called a ghost meeting, is when a conference room is reserved in advance for a meeting, but nobody shows up to use it. This displays the conference room as unavailable (or dead) for others while it's actually available (or alive), hence the term zombie meeting.

How do you survive in Zom? ›

The Zombie Survival Guide
  1. Organize before they rise!
  2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  4. Blades don't need reloading.
  5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
  6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
  7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!

Where does Zom B take place? ›

Zom-B is an ongoing Teenage Horror series by Irish author Darren Shan. Set in London the series follows the story of the teenage main character "B. Smith" and their struggle through the Zombie Apocalypse.

Is Zom expected to go up? ›

Zomedica Corp (NYSE American:ZOM)

The 1 analysts offering 12-month price forecasts for Zomedica Corp have a median target of 1.20, with a high estimate of 1.20 and a low estimate of 1.20. The median estimate represents a +484.80% increase from the last price of 0.21.

How much cash does Zom have? ›

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Zomedica Annual Cash on Hand (Millions of US $)
2020$62
2019$1
2018$2
2017$3
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Will Zom recover? ›

ZOM stock will likely struggle to recover in price over the next few months. It's going to be awhile before this early stage company will again have the chance to prove itself to investors. Having said that, investors with a high appetite for risk, and a willingness to go against the grain, may want to buy today.

What made Zoom evil? ›

He is an unhinged serial killer from Earth-2 who became a metahuman speedster after being affected by dark matter from the particle accelerator explosion during his electroshock therapy treatment, leading to him becoming a notorious supervillain who terrorized Central City and pretended to be "The Flash" of his Earth ...

Is Zoom a serial killer? ›

Hunter Zolomon also known as Zoom, is a psychotic serial killer from Earth-2 that gains the same powers as Flash after he was hit by the S.T.A.R Labs particle accelerator. He appeared as the main antagonist of season two.

WHY IS Zoom all black? ›

The black screen during screen sharing could be caused by a graphics card with automatic-graphics switching (such as an Nvidia card). Open the Nvidia Control Panel in the Windows Control Panel. Click Manage 3D Settings. Click on Program Settings under I would like to use the following 3D settings.

How does Zom work? ›

How does it work? Zoom allows users to create and join virtual meeting rooms where they can communicate with each other using video, and audio. Additional features can give participants the ability to share their screen, share files, and use text chat within the meeting group or privately with others in the meeting.

What does Zom stand for? ›

What does ZOM stand for?
Rank Abbr.Meaning
ZOMZwemclub Otters Mortsel (Dutch: Otters Mortsel Swimclub)
ZOMZephyrs of Manipulation (musician network)

Is Zom 100 an anime? ›

Netflix Announces Zom 100: Bucket Of The Dead Anime Adaptation - GameSpot.

Who is the main character in Zom-B? ›

The series centers around Becky "B" Smith, who finally rejects her racist father at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse after being forced by him to throw a black classmate to the zombies.

Why is Zom dropping? ›

Shares of Zomedica Pharmaceuticals (NYSEMKT: ZOM) fell 13.7% on Thursday after the veterinary health company announced a change to its sales strategy.

How many employees does Zom have? ›

Zoom Video Communications total number of employees in 2022 was 6,787, a 53.48% increase from 2021.
...
Compare ZM With Other Stocks.
Zoom Video Communications Annual Number of Employees
20191,702
2018
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Does Zom have options? ›

ZOM Option Chain

Call and put options are quoted in a table called a chain sheet. The chain sheet shows the price, volume and open interest for each option strike price and expiration month.

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